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DAR promotes Constitution Week

September 24, 2009|By Elaine La Marr

Sept. 17 marked the beginning of the national celebration of Constitution Week, and members of the Don José Verdugo Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution have been placing displays in local libraries throughout the area. Displays are currently up at the La Cañada Flintridge Public Library and the Glendale Central Library, and will remain there throughout the end of the month.

The commemoration of America’s most important document is one of our country’s least known official observances. Our Constitution stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties and freedom, and to ensure those unalienable rights to every American. This year is the 222nd anniversary of the Constitution.

“This is the first year that Don José Verdugo Chapter has sponsored a display at the Glendale Central Library on Harvard,” explained Chapter Regent Liz Craven. “Suzanne Stanfill and Joan Carruthers have done an outstanding job with the very large display case available there. The display houses six sections of memorabilia, including Currier and Ives prints, currency and flags of the era, sheet music and other relevant items.

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“Chapter member Connie Cianciarulo continues to prepare a very nice display at the La Cañada Flintridge Library.”

“I encourage everyone to visit the libraries,” said Craven. “Parents and grandparents, be sure and take your school-age children and grandchildren to see the display as it will give you the opportunity to talk about our Constitution and its importance.”

The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) began the tradition of celebrating the Constitution many years ago. In 1955, the Daughters petitioned Congress to set aside Sept. 17 to 23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. The resolution was later adopted by the U.S. Congress and signed into Public Law No. 915 on Aug. 2, 1956, by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The aims of the celebration are to emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the Constitution, preserving it for posterity; inform the people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life; and encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.

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